By Sam Eyoboka
Ministers of Godâ€™s Kingdom Society (GKS) rose at the end of their annual conference with a charge to President Goodluck Jonathan to prosecute â€œwith diligence and sincerity of purposeâ€ his promise to ensure free and fair elections next year even as they warned kidnappers of the dire spiritual consequences of their nefarious acts.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Brother Benedict Hart, the ministers said it was â€œheartening that President Jonathan has made the issue of ensuring the integrity of the electoral process the touchstone of his administrationâ€™s programmes, stating that he would be writing his name in gold if he translates into reality his pledge to create a level playing field for all contestants, produce a credible Votersâ€™ Register and deal decisively with all offenders of the nationâ€™s electoral laws.â€
The ministers further urged the president to use his time in office to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Nigerians, especially in the areas of power supply, job creation, food security, etc. saying; â€œthis is the opportunity for him to make a good name for himself. We expect and pray that he will make the most of itâ€ by Godâ€™s grace.
The ministers said it was saddening that despite efforts of government, kidnapping, either for money or for ritual purposes had become a very lucrative business for a growing number of desperate and unscrupulous individuals in the country. They made reference to Deuteronomy 24:7 and Exodus 21:16 which state that while stealing of cattle or goods could be made good by restitution, stealing of human beings and their use as items for merchandise were offences that attracted the death penalty.
â€œBut with the grace brought by Jesus Christ (John 1:17) those who are involved in the business of kidnapping, should repent now as to have the mercy of God,â€ as â€œwe must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or badâ€ according to II Corinthians 5:10.
The Conference appealed to security agencies to track down all kidnappers and prosecute them and urged the government to give law enforcement agencies the wherewithal to deal with this dangerous trend â€œthat has now made many Nigerians prisoners in their own homesâ€.
The â€œscandalously highâ€ level of poverty in the country today, the ministers said, were due to the greed, selfishness and insensitivity of some of the nationâ€™s leaders to whom corruption and abuse of office had become second nature. â€œIt is a measure of the regard which some of our leaders have for their offices that members of the House of Representatives openly engaged themselves in physical combat, exchanging blows, tearing their clothes and injuring themselves, not minding that 75 secondary school children, who had come to watch proceedings at the lower house, were watchingâ€.
Noting that at the heart of what some have dubbed â€œthe show of shameâ€ and a â€œbizarre dramaâ€ were allegations and counter allegations of corruption, the clergymen asserted that â€œno country can have peace and progress when a number of her leaders are themselves lawless and where there is such a wide gap between the rich and the poor, especially when the rich are only a tiny minority.â€
The two-day conference which featured the presentation of reports on various aspects of the work of the church, was presided over by the GKS president, Brother Oseghale Emmanuel Aighalua, assisted by other members of the executive board, was rounded off with a special thanksgiving service last Sunday at the GKS Service Hall, Salem City, Warri, Delta State.